Adults with learning disabilities were able to consent to involvement in low risk health research if given information in appropriate format


Considering the issues relating to consent to participate in research will apply to people with learning disabilities in the same way as to any other ‘human subjects’ , but they are often excluded from research on the basis that researchers perceive ‘learning disability’ as an automatic exclusion criterion, assuming this means lack of capacity to [read the full story…]

Interventions for smoking cessation and alcohol abuse in people with learning disabilities lack theoretical framework and clear outcome measures


We have posted previously about increasing concerns about misuse of tobacco and alcohol amongst people with mild to moderate learning disabilities, with one review in the United States suggesting that people with learning disabilities were less likely to receive or remain in treatment. The authors of this systematic review were interested in looking at interventions [read the full story…]

Easy read heatwave plan launched


Well, it’s good to be prepared and earlier this year the Department of Health produced its annual heatwave plan, which aims to raise public and professional awareness on how to prepare in case of severe hot weather and potential heatwaves. The Plan is written in partnership with the Health Protection Agency and supported by the [read the full story…]

Comparisons show need for improvements across Europe in systematic health checks for people with learning disabilities


The researchers in this study set out to look at international comparisons at the European level in the health conditions and health risk factors of people with learning disabilities. They looked at people living in fully staffed residential services compared with those living in unstaffed family homes or independent houses with no formal support. The [read the full story…]

Mindfulness based programmes may be effective in producing lifestyle changes in adults with Prader-Willi syndrome


People with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) often have excessive appetite and a decreased calorific requirement owing to low energy expenditure levels. This very small study involved three people with PWS who took part in a long-term, multicomponent mindfulness-based health wellness programme aimed at reducing levels of obesity helping them to change their lifestyles. The components of [read the full story…]

Success of obesity interventions in people with learning disabilities needs primary carer involvement


Obesity is a major health concern in adults with learning disabilities. This study set out to evaluate the impact of a locally delivered NHS health promotion programme. 191 adults with learning disabilities took part in the evaluation and were screened and monitored over a 2-year period with attendance rates and body mass index (BMI) used [read the full story…]

Health promotion and cancer prevention activities do not receive the attention they need in learning disability services.

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40 residential staff from 15 residential facilities completed a questionnaire about their knowledge of the risk and protective factors of stomach, breast, cervical and testicular cancer. They also completed questionnaires regarding 90 adults with learning disabilities to record details about: body mass index (BMI) lifestyle choices relating to health, e.g. diet, smoking etc testing for [read the full story…]